The difference between assessment and evaluation
Student Affairs administrators employ assessment and evaluation to better understand the needs of a constantly changing student population. In addition, assessment and evaluation are used to foster student learning, such as identity and skill development. Assessment and evaluation are also used to improve the quality and affordability of programs and services. Furthermore, assessment is about gathering information. The information gathered is based on the purpose of the assessment. An assessment can be as simple as an exercise in which a teacher gathers information from students, interprets it, and makes judgments about their performance. Evaluation is to measure the effects of a program against the goals it set out to accomplish as mean of contributing to the subsequent decision making about the program and improving future program making.
Moreover, assessment is conscious and systematic activities used by teacher and student to gather information, analyzing and interpreting it, drawing inferences, making wise decisions and taking appropriate actions for the service of improving teaching and learning. Evaluation is the systematic examination and assessment of the features of an initiative and its effect, in order to produce information that can be used by those who have an interest in its improvement or effectiveness.
The aim of evaluation is to contribute toward solving practical problems, in terms of what works and why. It is about collecting information to inform action. Most of all it is about learning from experience. Evaluation is essentially about determining the extent to which certain valued goals have been achieved. Assessment provides feedback on knowledge, attitudes, skills and work products for the purpose of rising up future performances and learning outcomes.
Evaluation is an intrinsic part of teaching and learning. It is important for the teacher because it can provide a wealth of information...